The Simulation Fellows, with oversight from the Directors, are responsible for writing, implementing, and debriefing EM cases for resident didactic sessions at all three Simulation Collective Sites. This provides triple the teaching opportunities. Cases focus on EM skills and resuscitation, and help develop the residents into well rounded EM doctors.


With 3 centers at which to teach, the opportunities are extensive. The 3 Simulation centers operate to serve the following groups:  Nursing, Internal Medicine – Four Flex Unit (short stay), Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Medical ICU, General Surgery, Surgical ICU, Radiology, Anesthesia, OB/Gyne, Trauma Surgery, Palliative Care, Malcolm X paramedic Students, ACLS/BLS/PALS Training.


Medical student simulations are also led by the simulation fellows, with emergency cases designed to be introductory to emergency medicine concepts and case management. Medical students planning on any field of study can participate in the simulations.


During the PGY2 year, the Cook County residents undergo a 2 day preparatory resuscitation course. The Simulation fellows help design the cases as well as grade the residents on their skills and case management.


Similar to the PGY2 course, a new addition to the simulation course collection is the Cook County Resident PGY3 pediatric resuscitation course. These cases are designed to help senior residents advance their pediatric medicine skills and develop into team leaders.


A monthly group discussion, led by Dr. Desmond, Dr. Sergel and Dr. Hock, the fellows review important articles and innovations in simulation literature.


The annual simulation college showcase, Sim Wars is a competition featuring four teams of four residents each, Sim Wars is a fun spirited contest of resuscitation simulations. Using a single elimination bracket, the winning team progresses through to the championship case. Team scores are based on medical knowledge, team work, procedural skills and team spirit!


The Rocky Mountain Emergency Conference is an annual event in Colorado, providing educational opportunities for community and academic physicians. Our simulation team develops and runs ALL procedural and ultrasound workshops at the conference! Coupled with skiing in the. Rocky Mountains, fellows. will help coordinate, design, and instruct the three days of simulation-based procedure and scenario courses for attendants.


International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH)

Fellows are expected to attend the annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, and to participate in IMSH presentations with CCH Simulation Lab staff.

Rocky Mountain EM Conference

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American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
When opportunities arise for teaching and participating in lectures, workshops and/or presentations, fellows will be allowed the opportunity to go to the ACEP.

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)
When opportunities arise for teaching and participating in lectures, workshops and/or presentations, fellows will be allowed the opportunity to go to SAEM.



Fellows will receive the opportunity to go to the intensive immersion in healthcare simulation course led by experienced simulation educators.  It covers all high-level elements and concepts involved in running a simulation program.  The program is 5 days in Boston, Massachusetts and costs are covered by the fellowship. The course focuses on:

  • Operating a simulation program

  • Developing debriefing skills

  • Preparing, building, conducting, and debriefing realistic simulation scenarios

  • Avoiding simulation pitfalls

  • Advancing simulation within one’s institution

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Each Fellow will select a Simulation based Education (SBE) program or question to study.

Examples include:

  • Developing, piloting and evaluating a new simulation-based educational program.

  • Evaluating an existing SBE program (ACGME Milestone assessment)

  • Comparing two SBE programs, or SBE programs using alternative instructional or assessment methods.

  • Gathering evidence for the validity of an SBE assessment.

CCH, Rush, and NorthShore Simulation faculty will provide weekly mentorship and supervision of scholarship activities. It is expected that the fellow complete the exercises and readings in the online seminar series “Fundamentals of Scholarship and Study Design”. This will enable the fellow and enhance the likelihood of completing a scholarly project within the one year of the fellowship. Fellows are encouraged to disseminate their work via posters and presentations at national meetings, as well as submissions to MedEdPortal or PubMed indexed journals.

An administrative project is encouraged within the year of the fellowship. Due to the relatively new use of simulation-based medical education, simulation centers, labs and programs are emerging regularly. The fellow should be prepared for future opportunities involving the creation of a new simulation center or improving upon a center (examples of administrative projects include website improvement/design, staff training/hiring, organization of materials or scheduling, etc.)

Summary of Criteria for Successful Fellowship Completion

  • Participation in most Simulation weekly activities (approximately 20 hours/week)

  • Scholarly project completion

  • Administrative project completion

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